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Get Pregnant After Depo-Provera: How Long?

on Aug 19, 2012

by Alyssia Granger

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Get Pregnant After Depo-Provera: How Long?

How long does it take to get pregnant after stopping Depo-Provera? For women who use Depo as a form of contraception, find out how long it takes to get pregnant after stopping the injections.

Depo-Provera is a popular form of birth control, given in a shot form, once every 3 months. One of the benefits of Depo-Provera is that you only get the injections four times a year, making it much easier to remember than taking a pill every day. Depo-Provera is also usually tolerated very well by patients who can not take oral birth control pills for a number of reasons. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

What is Depo-Provera?

Depo-Provera works by preventing the formation of uterine linings, therefore preventing regular menstruation. While this is a great thing when you are trying to prevent pregnancy, when you decide it is time to start a family, it could cause a few issues. Since Depo-Provera is administered in a shot form once every three months, it’s effects are much more long-lasting than an oral pill. The shot form takes longer to wear off and can stay inside your body for a longer amount of time.

Common side effects

Many women who take Depo-Provera for an extended amount of time stop having periods all together. Since a missed period is usually the first sign of pregnancy, this can be a real problem for women who are trying to start a family. Depo-Provera can make it very hard to calculate when you will be ovulating, and therefore harder to know when you will get pregnant. The effects of one Depo-Provera shot can last up to eight months after the shot is administered, which is much longer than what most people would think. You will not begin ovulating again until the Depo-Provera shot is fully out of your system.

How long to get pregnant?

After stopping Depo-Provera, it can take an average of four to ten months to get pregnant. It will take up to two years from the date of your last Depo-Provera shot for your chances of getting pregnant to get back to that of a woman who has never had the shot. So, basically, four months after stopping the shot, your chances will start to increase, and it can take up to two years for your chance of getting pregnant to be at the same level as it was pre-Depo. Something to remember is that the amount of time you have been taking the Depo Provera shot does not affect how long it will take you to get pregnant after going off of the shot. If you only have taken one shot, the effects can last as long as someone who has taken the shot for years.

The bottom line

Usually Depo-Provera is a better choice for women who do not wish to become pregnant anytime soon. If you think that you might want to become pregnant soon, the contraceptive pill might be a better choice for you. If you know that you do not want to become pregnant for several years, Depo-Provera is a good choice. Just remember that getting pregnant after going off of the Depo-Provera shot may require some extra patience, since it might take longer than expected.

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Alyssia is mom to 2 giggley twin girls, Sophia and Emma, and son Hunter. She's a Southern girl, passionate about photography, travel and her husband Josh.

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  • Paulette Mccall

    Did it work out

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  • Kel

    I been off depo for about 11 months now . I got my period last month and it was pretty regular about 5 days long . we’ll my boyfriend did the nasty in me && I been taking pregnancy test and it keeps saying neg but I want a baby . whats wrong?

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  • Nicole

    I had my last depo shot in August of 2015, it was only my 3rd shot and I had some bleeding around December but none since then and I’m not sure if I am ovulating again and I haven’t had a normal period yet. Is there anyway to try and get depo out if my system or even know if I am ovulating again?

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  • susanna aguero

    I have 2 kids already. My son was 6 months old when i got pregnant with my daughter. I was on the depo shot for a full year then stopped getting it. I got the shot again in December and had a period for 2 weeks. I am due for my next shot in March but I’m not going to take it because we want to get pregnant in August. Is this a possibility and a legit expectation.

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  • Levi-jade

    Hi i had 3 shots of the depo I had been on the implant to stop my pairiods then that ran out and I got the depo shot had 3 of them I was ment to go have one in October 2015 but be and my partner decided we was going to try to have a baby well in January 2016 I had my first ever Pariod since I was 16 it lasted about 7 days I hope this dose not take any longer as I don’t want to loose hope :(

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  • Espinoza Liz

    I was in depo provera for 4years and my last depo shot was nov16 2015 and i was suppose to get it again this month on feb62016 but idont want to get it again so how long is it gonna take for me to get pregnant?

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  • Hannah Garvie

    Hello, I’m really confused and concerned, My last depo shot was July 15th 2015, my next one would of been 7th october 2015 but we decided we wanted to start a family so i didn’t have. I have now got sore tender nipples that go hard when brushed against. I know this is a early sign of pregnancy but i also read up it could be a sign of periods coming back. which i thought it was, but after reading the part about “how long to get pregnant” its really worrying me as i am getting married this and i did’t think it would happen so soon. any help please

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  • Jenny

    I got my last shot in August and till today I have not gotten my period yet.I stopped the depo because I was gaining ALOT of weight. But I am worried because I have not gotten my period yet. Is it normal? I read that it can take a while for all of the hormones to get out but I am still worried.

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  • Stephanie Frayne

    I haveing same problem when did u stop bleeding

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  • brianna

    My name is Brianna and I got one shot and then missed the deadline to get it again. Do you have to be on your period to get it again?

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  • anissa

    What is it called?

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  • anissa

    What pill ?? :-)

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  • hany2016

    hello Ms Tels, i have a same situation with yours, may i ask did u get pregnant this past few years after depo? hope to hear u.

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  • Lovelyrose

    I been off the depo shot for about 5-6 months can i start taking the conceive easy pills??

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  • Lovelyrose

    Im trying to get pregnant now. And i been having spotting and stomach pains lately

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  • gene

    If i was two days late taking my depo. And my partner pulled out is there any possibility that i could be pregnant?

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  • gene

    I’ve been feeling wierd and lots of spotting ..

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  • AshleyDawn

    Is it possible to get pregnant after stopping the depo shot but before getting my period back?

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  • Heather Serr

    I started my depo shot bec 18 and missed my second one on march 18 it is now march 25 and i had unprotected sex three days ago what is the chance I could or could be pregnant. Please help

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  • Naomi

    I got my first and last depo shot on September 30th of last year. Since then I still get what I believe is my period but it’s irregular as well as sometimes it’s a lot heavier than other times where it is only just spotting for what i would say weeks. Is this my period? We have been trying to conceive but it seems impossible! I don’t know if I can consider this my period or not and if it is then shouldn’t I be oviulating and be fertil?

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  • Sarah1984

    I took Depo for more than 4 years(straigt after I got married so I dont
    have any child) and 3 month after the last one I started having my
    normal periods and bleeding was same as before taking the shots. Now its
    like 7 month after first shot and not trying to get pragnant but so
    scared I never get pragnant but I was reading in one website It doesnt
    make any diffrence if you took shot once or for years still it may take
    up to 2 years to get pragnant.

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  • Dakota Glass

    I Got On The Birth Control Shot In August 2015 & My Last Shot Was November 2015 Due To Me Missing My Doctors Appointment. I Went Four Or Four And A Half Months Without The Shot My Boyfriend And I Have’d Been Sexually Active And Unprotected The Whole Time But I Still Wasn’t Having A Menstrual Cycle. I Just Recently Got Back On The Shot In April 2016 The Same Night I Got The Shot I Had Unprotected Sex.. Ever Since, I Lost My Cravings To Eat, All I Wanna Do Is Sleep, It Looks Like I’m Losing Weight But I Haven’t Be Able To Check, Also I’ve Been Having Strong Stomach Pains.. Can You Please Help Me.?

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  • ms. cole

    I’ve been on depo 5 years and ive been off I it 5 months. I have all the early symptoms of pregnacy and I had a period for only 3 days. Is it a strong possibility that I could be pregnant.

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  • ashley

    i was on depo shot for a yr and half just got off of it abou three month had a period march 7 havent had one in almost two months took a test and it was negative ? ive had the shot before after i had my first daugther was on it for four yrs got off of it and it took me a yr to get pergnant again im not sure if that might be the case again ?

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  • Ms. Lee

    I started on the Depo shot in 2015. My first shot was in May and the second one was in August. After those two shots, I decided I was not going to take it ever again. I do want to get pregnant but not in a rush. If I am, it will be another blessing. So it’s been technically 5 or 6 months maybe, not sure how to count since the last August shot. My partner and I did something on April 17th, 2016 Sunday, which is when I came off my Cycle. I started on my cycle that Monday, April 11th, 2016. Now yesterday evening I started my cycle this Wednesday, May 11th, 2016. Could I be pregnant? I’m thinking this Depo shot is still in effect. My partner thinks I could be pregnant. However, I think I’m perfectly fine this time around. So if it’s been month to month having normal cycles, does that mean, I’m not pregnant? I thought if it’s normal periods, then I could get pregnant because it seem like I’m back to normal, maybe? I’m not sure. Please assist me someone and I hope, I gave enough information to describe my situation. Also, we hadn’t took a pregnancy test yet.

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  • India Hazel

    I had my depo shot one time in Feb 2015 I have been coming on just don’t know how l it’s going to take me to have a baby

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  • Selina

    Hi.
    I’m 19 years old and I’m 20 In 6 months time I Just have this question I’d like to ask. Though, I have had the depo-provera shot and basically I have had side affects for a long time. Well it seems for a long time for me I have decided to not take another second Injection shot. Do I still get longer side affects If I don’t go back to my doctor? And also, Can you still get pregnant when you don’t get the second shot? Or Is It the Injection still In my system?

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  • Selina

    I have also had many weeks of morning sickness and honestly that as stopped and now Everytime I eat food I start to feel sick.

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  • C.Ann

    I’ve been off the depo shot since February and I have been bleeding since April 21, I’m still having bad side effects from the shot. I’m really scared and I want to have a family soon..

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  • Rather not say

    I’ve been on the shot for a little over a year, the bleeding hasn’t stopped since the first shot. I later found out the hormones caused polyps to form on my ovaries. I’m still in pain and have no idea what to do now.

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  • tiana butts

    i’ve been on/off depo since i was 16 i’m 21 now and haven’t been on depo for a year and now i’m ready to start a family but i don’t know if i could. could depo prevent me from ever getting pregnant ?

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  • Juaneisha Foster

    How long were u on the shot

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  • Rubyportillo

    How long does it take to conceive after taking depot for 1 month

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  • Lynsi love

    Hi I just turned 18 on the 7th of June and I had the shot but only once and my boyfriend refuses to wear protection but im on the shot but lately I have been feeling funny and I don’t know if it’s too early to find out or if its even possible to be pregnant when I had the shot once. I’m really scared and I don’t know what to do I can’t be pregnant I can’t even take care of myself I just bought my own apartment and a car I don’t know what to do! Please give me advice

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  • Meosch Gayden

    Hello I had my first child in March 2010. I started taking the Depo Vera shot in March 2011 and my last shot was April 2013. My husband and I have been trying to conceive for almost 13 months now. I am 25 and he is 24. My husband has no prior children but he has been checked out and is ready to baby dance. I was told in 2012-2013 that I had Pcos. since we have been trying Ive been going to the doctor and radiologist to make sure my ovaries and eggs were on the up and up. My doctor said i shouldn’t have a reason to not conceive but i just don’t understand why we are not pregnant yet.

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  • Nathina Williams

    What are the pills called

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  • Trice Smith

    i only had two shots and that was in 2015 and it has been 6 months now i am crampin a lil bit starting to see a little blood what does that mean is it out of my system ?

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  • jerrica

    Tomorrow is when I have to get the depo but not going wanting to have a baby am I more fertial after tomorrow or what

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  • jerrica

    What I’m trying to say is that after me missing the shot is it possible of getting pregnant after the next day??

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